11 july 2014
Nashville, long famous for guitars, bars and country stars, is getting a reputation for something else these days: stylish cocktail lounges, high-end restaurants, superstar chefs and cool artisanal shops.
Nashville is so happening, there’s talk of it being the coolest city in the South. Atlanta and Charleston may disagree, but here we list the best places to eat, shop and see live acts in this hip, new Music City, USA.
Superstar Southern chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk fame in Charleston recently unveiled Husk Nashville, reclaiming a historic two-floor 19th century home in the Rutledge Hill district on the edge of downtown. A giant black-and-white portrait of Willie Nelson looks down from the open-plan kitchen on the upper floor, but it’s the food that sings: local, seasonal, farm-fresh Southern ingredients that go into unique creations such as Crispy Pig Tails in a sweet and sour sauce, hominy and pokeweed Johnny Cakes with pimento cheese, and Bear Creek Farm pork with West African mustard onions. Start in the downstairs bar with a hand-crafted cocktail such as a Wet Willie, made with Weller 107 Bourbon and Husk Smoked Bourbon Pecan.